On April 6, 2019, Team EnVision met up in Concord for a fantastic transition clinic guided by Coach Becky Paige and Professional triathlete Karen Smyers! While it was a tad chilly to start off our morning, we enjoyed a great walk-through of transition 1 and transition 2 by Karen while we sipped our coffee and discussed tips and tricks that should be considered to make anyone’s transition easier come race day. Karen covered the basics for those who were new to triathlon while also providing expert tips to those of us that are triathlon veterans!
To get warmed up, a few of us practiced our wetsuit removal technique. Putting on the wetsuit was the real warm up exercise though!
As the morning warmed up, the group viewed how Karen and Becky performed T1, bike mount, bike dismount, T2, and run start as a series. They put on a great race for us! Team Envision then gave it their best go, practicing the full set of transitions a few times to clean up all those time-sinking habits we might have created that didn’t do us any favors, or to build up a brand new motor memories for things we haven’t tried before.
Becky and Karen then expertly worked with small groups of us to help on particular focus areas we wanted to improve, such as a barefoot to shoe bike mount, flying leg mount/dismount, bike handling skills, shoe specifics, and more!
Overall the clinic was an excellent way to shave off those extra minutes wasted in transition to speed up our next race, and left us all feeling more confident heading into our season.